The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 5, 1971 · Page 3
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 5, 1971
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Big Bankroll May Be Required Auto Insurance for All TOPEKA-Any Kansan with a driver's license and a big enough bankroll will be able to get full standard automobile insurance coverage under a state plan announced Monday by Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell. Cost of the increased coverage will vary, but some insurance spokesmen said a policy under the new plan may go as high as $60© a vear and possibly even high- Some Kansans now are pay­ ing up to $700 and $800 a year but the policies did not cover for so-called substandard insur- medical or physical damage ance policies. Some Kansans claims for the policyholder, with poor driving records can't buy insurance at any price. Assigned Risk Under the "assigned risk" plan, now called the Kansas Automobile Insurance Plan, persons whose driving records were poor by insurance company standards were assigned to a state insurance agency through a sort of lottery system. The agency negotiated a policy on a strictly cash basis (generally about 5200 a year), This was a hardship for many drivers because when a car is financed the mortgage holder demands that the car owner have physical damage coverage on the car. This means that the assigned risk policy holder was forced to go to another insurance company to negotiate (or a second policy, and if he could not afford it he could not buy a car. Blaze Destroys Elevator (Sec Picture, Page 1) Fire early Tuesday destroyed the Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association elevator five miles northeast of Inman at Groveland. The fire was discovered about 3 a.m. when it broke out of the headhouse of the frame, ironclad structure. The elevator had be-sn in operation until 8 p.m. Monday taking in milo. "We have no idea what started the fire, the power was turned off when the elevator was closed for the night," said Lee Wcttger, Groveland manager for the Mid -Kansas Coop Association, which is headquartered at Mouudriclge. Wenger said that, while the fire was discovered in the head- house of the elevator, "it is possible that it started in the boot and went uo. using the leg as a chimney." The Inman Fire Department was summmed. and asked for help from the McPherson Fire Department under a mutual aid agreement. But firefighers could do little except try to keep the fire from spreading to other structures. The cooperative owns another frame ironclad elevator at Groveland along with a 300.000 bushel flat storage structure. "I couldn't estimate the loss," said Bernie Runnebaum, Moundridge, general manager of the cooperative. "We had from 6,000 to 8,000 bushels of wheat hi the elevator and about the same amount of milo." Runnebaum said a weigh-up of all grain at the facility would be necessary to determine the exact amount that was in the destroyed elevator. "In addition, the concrete stave silos may be salvageable. We don't, know how bad they were hurt," said Runnebaum. The elevator had four of the concrete stave structures attached. The grain was still smoldering at noon Tuesday with Inman firefighters still on hand to watch for any outbreak of flames. Docking Uses Bread Day To Plug Lid DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Robert Docking renewed his drive to get the 1972 Kansas legislature to act to extend the property tax lid beyond its Dec. 31, 1972, expiration date, declaring it is necessary to "halt the property tax spiral." In a speech prepared for delivery this morning before the "World Day of Bread" celebration at the Dodge City Community College, Docking again accused legislators who say action of the tax lid should be delayed until the 1973 session of procrastination. "A priority item of business when the legislature returns next January," Docking said, "should be to extend the property tax lid ... "To Halt Spiral" "If the property tax lid is go"If the propertyt ax lid is going to continue to work to halt the property tax spiral, the legislature should extend the property tax lid in the 1972 session of the legislature. "Some members of the legislature have indicated they will not work to extend the tax lid this session, but instead wait until after the 1972 legislative session and the 1972 elections. Officers Say Reno 'Clean' (Related Story Page 1) Local law enforcement heads would be very surprised if Attorney General Vern Miller conducted a raid in Reno County and uncovered illegal gambling. "As far as I know, there's no gambling in Reno County. At least I've had no complaints," said County Attorney Porter Brown. "But the thing you have to realize about both Barton county (where Miller conducted raids over the weekend) and Reno County is that Miller apparently has an investigator out looking for gambling," said Brown. "I don't have that luxury. I have to rely on people coming to me and telling me about it." Brown said sheriff's officers would investigate, "if they knew where to look. But they can't be going into all the clubs every night. William A. Meyers Jr. IRS Agent Ends Career William A. Meyer s, Jr., Hutchinson Internal Revenue agent, has retired after 30 years of service. Meyers, 1415 North Monroe, started his career with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore in 1936. He was in the service three years during World War II, after which he rejoined Social Security at the Salina office. He also had been employed by the Veteran's Administration regional office and the Post Office Department at Wichita. He moved to Hutchinson in 1965. Meyers will enroll in Bible college in January and plans to engage in theological work for the Baptist church. "I have no knowledge of gambling in Reno County," said Sheriff Charles Heidebrecht. "Of course, there's the possibility of isolated cases, but to the best of my knowledge Reno County is pretty clean." Police Chief Bob Adams said his officers make no special effort to check out clubs for gambling. "The basis for checking any tavern or club is the volume of complaints we receive about operations there," he said. "I'm certain we would receive complaints if such operations were going on." "If there were illegal gambling in Hutchinson, rading would be the best way to stop it," said Adams. "Raiding is really the only way you can control this thing —I certainly believe in the raid procedure." Asked his opinion of the raids in Barton County, Heide- breeht replied: "Maybe I should say it's high time, because Great Be «!d has been known for a good many y^ars to have wide open gambling. He said he had not personally seen gambling there, but "it's been rather common knowledge." Brown said he wouldn't resent it if Miller raided Reno County, unless the attorney general didn't inform him of the gambling and give him an opportunity to clean it up. Heidebrecht said he also would like to know and be given a chance to make the case. But he wouldn't resent Miller if he went ahead. "I know th* secrecy with which you have to work to do these things," Heidebrecht said. Seeks Equal Status For Civilian Workers WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Gale McGee, D-Wyo., called today for legislation to assure that the federal government's civilian workers get the same pay raises over the next year as" military personnel. McGee is chairman of the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee. He announced legislation to | postpone massive pay raises scheduled Nov. 13 for military j men, except basic pay for re-i cruits; postpone the scheduled! Jan. 1 military and civilian' raises: and authorize the President to make equal adjustments for both groups in accordance with his economic pro-, gram by Oct. 1, 1972. Medical and physical damage will be included in standard policies under the new plan, and this probably will lower the cost of the risk driver, insurance spokesmen said. Former longtime Insurance Commissioner Frank Sullivan said before he left office last year that changes in car risk insurance should have top priority. As an example, Sullivan said one of his own grandsons could not afford to buy insurance after being involved in two accidents. In announcing the new plan, Bell said that it has "become increasingly evident that many deserving persons have been unable to obtain essential automobile insurance protection." He said he feels the new plan will "overcome many of these deficiencies." In a statement, Bell said the revised plan offers: 1. Automobile liability insurance, in limits up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for bodily injury, liability up to $10,000 for property damage. 2. Medical payments insurance in limits of either $500 or $1,000 per person per accident, covering medical expenses of the insured and injured parties in his automobile arising from injuries sustained in automobile accidents. Actual Cash Value 3. Collision coverage and comprehensive coverage on an actual cash value basis, subject to a deductible, at the option of the applicant, in the amount of $100, $250 or' $500 per loss per vehicle unless the vehicle is 25 years or more old, or has an actual cash value of more than $10,000. This protection applies to damages sustained by the insured's own automobile and not previously available. Bell said his office had been working with the governing board of the automobile insurance plan for the past several months and these efforts ended in adoption of the plan to overcome past deficiencies. The only conditions for a person to qualify for the coverage is for the person who operates the car to hold an operator's license and must be able to pay for the insurance. Bell said all automobile insurance firms in the state have subscribed to the plan. ' Page 3 Furniture Upholstery Tuesday, October 5, 1971 100% BANKS—Representatives from all of the Hutchinson banks present United Food division chairman Bud Hunter with pledges from each of their banks promising 100% fair share giving. Representatives and their banks are (from left) Keith Williamson, Northgatc National; Merle Starr, First National; Wayne Nelson, Hutch National; Dcnsmorc Hart, Farmers and Merchants; and Dave Baker, Central State. Seven Youths Assault, Extortion In Hearing Program Case Goes to Seen and Heard Hutchinson Coin Club will hold a regular meeting and auction at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the community room of the Reno County Courthouse. Members will begin planning for the next coin show. • • • City Clerk Milt Martin's report on the filing of a protest petition against the paving of South Plum Tuesday was brief and to the point, but not too informative. "We have received a protest petition," Martin told commissioners, "But I have not been able to determine if it is sufficient." To be sufficient the petition will have to bear the signatures of 51 per cent of the property owners in the district and owners of over half the property. While Martin didn't say so officially, preliminary examination of the petition appears to indicate it will not be sufficient to stop the $130,000 project. Seven children, including four of pre-school age, are enrolled in the new elementary hard-of- hearing program, Ray Feltner, special services director, has told the school board. Feltner said inquiries had been received from other parents and a few more enrollees were expected. However, the pupil load should be small, he said, because of the young age of the pupils and the extreme hearing difficulty they have. Amelia Mueller is teaching the new federally-funded course at Faris School. The four pre-school age children, who attend in the mornings, represent Buhler, Hutchinson, Canton and Galva. They can hear only gross sounds, Feltner said, and attempt to form words. Highly sensitive amplifying equipment is used to help them hear and distinguish speech sounds. Feltner said the project had received 10 headsets and control units, two transmitters for the teacher and teacher's aid, and three or four ear-mold receivers, valued at $6,200. He demonstrated usage of the equipment to school board members. The manufacturing company claims the almost totally deaf child can hear with the aid of the equipment. Controls allow for separate regulation of sound to left and right ears, allow the teacher to talk to the pupil alone or to the group, or from a distance. Three school-age children now are attending the special classes in the afternoons and Miss Mueller also is working on the hearing problem with classroom teachers. The afternoon pupils represent Nickerson and Hutchinson. Since the program is operating with federal funds, parents have no extra charge for the service. Hues. Giants Tied PITTSBURGH — Th e Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants were tied 1-1 in their third clash in the National League playoffs. Each team owns a victory. Jury The fate of Donald Pinks-ton, 23, Burrton, who is charged with felonious assault and five counts of extortion, was in the hands of district court jurors early Tuesday afternoon. Pinkston is accused of firing shots into the home of William Murphy, 4103 North Monroe, on Dec. 29, 1969, and later making five threatening phone calls demanding $2,000. The defense is based on the testimony of Pinkston and six alibi witnesses, all of whom are relatives of the defendant. Pinkston testified he was at his home when shots were fired into the Murphy home at 9:45 p.m. He told jurors he drove home after picking up his brother at work in Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m. He stayed at home with Mark, another brother, and his father, until after 10 p.m. In closing argument, defense attorney Jack Leighnor criticized the police department for failing to lift fingerprints from one of the three telephones Pinkston allegedly used to make the calls. City May Soon Get Tough Rights Law By VIKI STONE Hutchinson may soon have one of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in Kansas. The results of a four-hour meeting Monday night between city commissioners and eight members of an interracial com mittee which drew up the ordi nance, indicate that the proposal is headed for passage late this month. It appears, however, that the original ordinance will be some what watered down in light of an opinion received two weeks ago from the attorney general Vern Miller. Tlie opinion raised questions of constitutionality of the powers of a human relations commission which the ordinance would create. City commissioners informally agreed to amend that portion of the proposal which deals with the human relations commission's enforcement procedures and subpoena powers. Commissioners and city attorney John Robinson told the group of blacks, whites, and Mexican Americans on the committee that there would be no point in passing an ordinance which has built-in loopholes. "The first time a case ccmes to court the ordinance wouJd be shot down," Robinson said. Darrell Pope, the committee chairman and president of the local NAACP, said, however that the proposal should be passed as it was originally submitted. He said that a revision would result in a law with no teeth. Mayor Dave Mackey and Robinson argued however that an ordinance should be placed on tlie city books which "cannot be open to legal challenge." Commissioners plan to discuss some finer points of the proposed ordinance at a study session next Tuesday. Among those points are two raised by commissioner Dallas Crable. One section of the ordinance he opposes would allow certain training and vocational agencies to discriminate for "valid reasons," which are undefined. Crable also contends that all suppliers and vendors which service the city should be only "Equal Opportunity Employers." Mackey said he expects the proposal to be placed on first reading within two weeks. Lt. Robert Robinson To Rec. Commission Robert B. Robinson, a lieutenant of the Hutchinson police force, was appointed to the Recreation Commission Monday night to replace Hod Humiston, who has served the past three years. "At least they'd have been more positive about who they were pointing a finger at," he said. Leighnor told jurors he was "quite c e r t a i n" Pinkston wouldn't be on trial if police had taken fingerprints. County Attorney Porter Brown urged the panel not to let Leighnor "switch your attention in the case from the real issue to something else." He noted that every person who testified for Pinkston was a relative. "Surely in the six days (the duration of the shooting and the plione calls) he would have run into somebody who wasn't a relative," he said. Officers testified that a tracer was placed in tire Murphy phone and that they were able to determine the location from which some of the calls were made. On Jan. 2, a call was traced to Weeks Drug Store, B and Main, at 8:07 p.m. Former police officer Larry Weber testified he saw Pinkston's car parked near the drug store about that time. Chief Went There Police Chief Bob Adams testified he went to tlie drug store a few minutes after the patrolman spotted the car. Because the tracer held the line open, he spoke directly to Murphy on the pay phone in the store. There was no testimony that Pinkston was in tlie store. Officers testified they spotted a car bearing a tag registered to Pinkston during one surveillance near the West 11th Street bridge. This is the location where the caller told the Murphys to leave the money. Also introduced as evidence was a tape recording made by Mike Murphy of one of the phone calls to the home. United Fund Drive Off to Fast Start United Fund of Reno County reported first day collections and pledges totaling $25,707. This year's goal, up 2.5 per cent, is $269,696. Northgate National Bank was first to report its employes had donated o n a 100 per cent fair share basis. The firm gift represents a per canita increase of 77 per cent ove.- last year. The Pegues employes for the lUh straight year, pledged one day's pay per employe. The Chamber of Commerce increased its per capita gift by 5.5 per cent to $34.08. Another fair share firm was the Central State Bank, with all .35 employes pledging a day's pay. The C.S.B. per capita firm gift jumped by $1.50. Luminous Neon, Inc. and Winchester Packing Company both qualified as fair share employe groups with more than 94 per cent of their employes pledging one day's pay. Krause Plow employes increased their per capita gift by $1.86 to $35.10 and remained 100 per cent fair share for the 21st year in a row, while the firm gift increased 1.5 per cent. Kansas Oxygen employes were 100 per cent fair share and increased their firm gift by 15 per cent. The Equitable Life Assurance Society increased its firm per capita gift by $5.10 over last year. Tlie largest increase in total employe giving the first day was made by Deluxe Special- tics Mfg. Co., Inc., whose total employe gift jumped 80 per cent over last year. Eighty-five solicitors received 750 United Fund work packets Monday during the kickoff meeting of United Fund at the Hilton. The meeting also served as the orientation for workers in the Small Business Division headed by Gene Elliott. Show Alarm Over 'Creep' SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A geophysicist says a significant movement occurred along a major branch of the 600-mile San Andreas earthquake fault- possibly creating a safety valve for strain that could lead to a quake. Dr. Chi-yu King of the Earthquake Mechanism Laboratory said the movement, called a "creep," was slightly more than one-third inch. It was the largest creep ever recorded, he added. King said in an interview Monday that the movement, which occurred during a 29- hour period July 17-18, was not disclosed sooner because measurement data had to be checked. Use Gulf Ports Kansas Grain Still Being Exported SPARKY THE FIRE PREVENTION DOG enthralls Grandvlew students by extinguishing fire in a skit. The "dog" is part of the fire department's week. "hot" road show during fire prevention Robert Robinson The appointment was made by the school board, parent governmental unit of the Recreation Commission. Mrs. Ralph Goering, who has served en the commission 13 years, was reappointed for another four-year term. Humiston was given a plaque at the school board meeting by School Board President Franklin Fee, substituting for Bill Hutchinson, chairman of the commission. The plaque lists Humislon's years of serving on tlie commission. With most of Southwest Kansas' export grain moving through Gulf ports, there still has been little tie-up of grain shipments because of the longshoremen's strike. But Hutchinson gram dealers are working on a day-to-day basis in planning export shipments. "Our facilities at Beaumont went on strike yesterday. Today or tomorrow it may be Galveston or Houston, you just can't tell from one day to another what will be open and what may be closed down," said James Frost, manager of the Hutchinson office for Continental Grain, one of the grain exporting giants. The Bunge Corporation, like Continental Grain, a leader in the world grain trade, made an export shipment from Hutchinson Monday. "Our Galveston elevator is still not on strike so we used that port," said Jim Dutton, Hutchinson manager for Bunge. "If Galveston goes out we will have to hope that some other port is left open for shipment. Loyde Spivey, head of FARMAR-CO's wheat department said that firm had no occasion to ship export grain in the past few days. "But with two or three ports still open we can use, I wouldn't hesitate to book an export shipment," Spivey said. "The effect that the West Coast strike has had on Southwest Kansas export of grain is hard to determine," said Henry Yunck, transportation director of FAR-MAR-CO. "We did get some new freight rates to the west coast a short time back which mteht hive helped the export picture." said Yunck. But it's a cinch we can't find out if the rates would help as long as those ports are closed down." As of noon Tuesday the Santa Fe Railroad reported the Texas Gulf ports of Galveston, Houston, Port Arthur, and Corpus Christi were still open as well as Lake Charles, La.

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